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Hadn't counted up my NCKA fishing reports in a few years, so I breezed through them just now.

247 Members Only reports and 302 Public reports - counting this one.  I stopped posting in M.O. because I like to share with anyone who wants to look.  In almost 5 years of having my license (and almost 6 since I left my corporate job and reliable income) guiding has been tough in terms of filling my schedule, but the trips have been awesome - better than I ever imagined due to the connections made with people, materialization of incredible experiences and catches, and, here is the clincher, my ability to share with many more people on more meaningful levels has been accentuated as well.  I am here to push a positive vibe about living with honor and being a part of nature, and I do my best to help people propel their kayak fishing repertoire to a new level - because kayak fishing is an excellent vehicle for attaining some level of enlightenment about what life is really all about.  I believe this.  I live it.

The salmon opener at Shelter Cove looked iffy with a Small Craft Advisory, but it's the Cove. 5 kayaks shared the water with maybe 15 to 20 powerboats. The water was ridiculous early - too rough to safely hit the Whistle. Worked on the inside for an hour or so before deciding to head outside - the fleet was catching good numbers of kings just a mile offshore. Just then Matthew picks one up near the Bell, and then Rob arrives and gets one quickly, but I was committed to heading outside. After negotiating swells sloppy enough that I wouldn't have taken a client on them (except when Coho Joe and Fisherman X joined me early last August on even worse water, but they're on X-Factors), I got out there and there were still 8 or more powerboats working south of the buoy - many others had limited and were back on shore. The bite seemed to have died, but I worked it for a couple hours since the wind wasn't coming up, and at one point the water actually got pretty nice - summerlike! A bite broke out around 11AM, and I managed to hook and lose one briefly, and then I had a hot one that came right to the boat with my reeling before turning its head and spitting my hooks - nice 28 incher swam off under me in crystal clear water. At this point I was 0 for 2 and worried that may be as close as I'd come to opening day success. I was fortunate that the conditions allowed for staying out there, and soon I was hooked up with one that was stuck on my barbless tackle. The first couple I'd had on were so urgent or brief that I hadn't thought about the video, but this one was hooked well, and I really wanted the documentation, so I adjusted the camera and got a good 4 minute video of me landing my prize. Cold beers on the ramp in the sun and then a great visit with old friends on the patio at the Tides Inn rounded off an awesome afternoon.

Shake-down run in the books. Ready for the season. If you have any inkling that you want to catch a salmon, lingcod, halibut or rockfish from the kayak, I hope you'll consider booking a date with me. Let's go on your adventure!


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General Talk / Can Anyone Here Turn a JPG into a Digitzed Vector?
« on: March 12, 2019, 08:41:55 PM »
I'm having a heck of a time figuring out whether or not I can use my photo here for the artwork on the back of my GS shirts and hoods.

I got it digitized, but it's not what I want - they did a crappy job, and anyone I seek out online or locally here in Humboldt doesn't have an answer other than "our artists will work with it once you place your order".  I don't feel like I can place an order without knowing what my final artwork looks like...

Advice welcome!

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Hey everybody!  I've held off on putting up GS13 as I formulated some new details.  The event will be essentially the same as the past few years with a few exceptions:

- Grand Prize = A full charter on the Sea Hawk on Sunday, May 19th - this will be split between the winners of the tourney and the raffle - 1st place gets a seat and a guest, 2nd place gets a seat, and the other 3 seats will be drawn in the raffle.  If it's blown out then Captain Jake Mitchell has offered to do a halibut seminar that day.
- only one lingcod can be retained this year due to new CDFW regulations;
- competitors will be limited to 200; and
- the raffle proceeds will go to the newly formed Shelter Cove Fishing Preservation Inc. (more info on that later).

Hopeful news:  it looks like we should get a pretty good salmon season, and it's almost assured that Pacific halibut will be open again.  I'll revise this post as I get more info.

Gimme Shelter has a ton of history - if you want some background or to re-live past GS weekends then check out the threads of past events.

GS4 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=22208.0
GS5 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=28025.0
GS6 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=35334.0
GS7 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=43460.0
GS8 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=52177.0
GS9 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=61292.0
GSX - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=70255.0
GS11 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=75392.0
GS12 - http://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=82336.0

A few tidbits:

- the GS weekends since GS3 in 2009 have seen more Pacific halibut hooked and caught by kayakers than at any other time or port in California;
- salmon and halibut can be caught in as little as 10' of water near the Cove;
- lots of AOTY entries and personal bests for NCKA members come in on the GS weekend;
- Shelter Cove is going through significant changes, and the kayak community is poised to be in an excellent position in terms of helping the locals to keep the fishing tradition strong;
- this is a family event where we celebrate each other, the NCKA community, the Cove community, the animals and the beauty of the Lost Coast.
 
I hope to see you there.   :smt001

Here's the roster - 167 of us. 

Adams, Khanh
Anchetta, Anthony
Anderson, Cami
Anderson, Cheylee
Anderson, Evan       
Anderson, Ryan       
Anglin, Don
Aquino, Ferdinand
Arnold, Conor
Ayala, Gabe
Baker, Kenny
Baron, Matt
Batt, David   
Belli, Domenic       
Bradfield, David
Bray, Rob
Brown, Kyle
Butler, Michael       
Butolph, Timothy           
Calvert, John   
Cameron, James
Cao, Dan   
Cervania, Freddie
Chasey, Lloyd   
Chatelain, Nick
Cheng, David           
Chin, Ben
Clark, Josiah   
Cox, Charles       
Crotty, Loren
Culver, Akoma   
Cuna, Ariel
Dang, Tim
Davies, Jeff
De Benedictis-Kessner, Shifra       
Dedeo, Michel
Do, Thien
Donovan, Vic   
Duffy, Tim       
Duncan, Kevin           
Dye, Ken           
Easter, Brandi
Eisenburg, Heather   
Erwin, Allen   
Foley, Jeramee       
Force, Sky           
Foreman, Amos
Fung, Jon
Gee, Scott
Gerson, Jessica
Gosciminski, Jim       
Gustin, Jim       
Harper, Jordan   
Harrison, Scott
Havemann, John
Hayes, Justin
Heitman, Jerry   
Holder, Jonny   
Hofer, Kevin           
Jansen, Tommy
Jay, Shannon
Jerge, Josh
Joe, Howard   
Jones, Glyn   
Julian, Andrew
Jung, Won       
Kaai, Eric
Kaber, Doug
Kaiser, Mike   
Kaji, Isao       
Kelly, Kevin           
Kelly, Martin   
Kennedy, Mike
King, Ryan
Kingstrom, Jeremy
Kirk, Howard
Klein, David
Knauff, Kevin
Knoles, Rob
Koons, Adam
Kuhl, Pat
Lagasse, Aaron
Landry, Jesse       
Lawson, Al   
Lee, Mark
Littlejohn, Nic
Lockaby, Mark       
Lockwood, Carla
Marrin, John
Mayes, Matt       
McDonough           
McNeil, Brad           
Monte, Kyle
Morais, Jeremy
Morais, Trina
Morgan, Eric           
Morgan, Jay   
Mouton, Greg
Murakami, Jason
Murphy, Steve
Nagel, Annie
Nakashima, Marco
Nelson, Gabe
Nelson, Matt   
Nguyen, Sonny   
Nguyen, Tommy       
Nicholson, Paul       
Nunes, Frank   
O’Neal, Wil
O’Neill, Amber
Owens, John
Pascual, Cameron       
Patio, Jaernel           
Patz, John           
Peredia, Mike
Perry, Kailyr           
Pham, Bob
Pham, Kiet
Pickle, Byron
Potts, Bradley           
Reep, Nels
Revelo, Antonio           
Reyes, Herb           
Roberts, Chuck   
Robinson, Scott   
Rossbach, Aden
Roumiguiere, Justin       
Rossbach, Mars
Royston, David
Sandkulla, Stacy
Sapp, Mike       
Saufferer, Ron           
Saufferer, Terry       
Sauve, Adam   
Sawyer, Mike
Schulz, Carson
Schulz, Kelly
Schulz, Lawana       
Sciucchetti, Pete
Scriven, Joe
Shields, Josh       
Shippey, Raydon
Sigala, Alex
Smith, Randy
Smoak, Robert           
Sopjes, David           
Stockwell, Eric   
Swagler, Matt
Takagi, Brian
Takagi, Steve       
Taube, Dylan
Taube, Tyja
Tesch, Damon
Tibbet, Michael
Tigyi, Kristof
Tilley, Marcus
Tran, Thuong           
Van Arsdale, Aaron       
Vanhorn, Fred           
Velho, Joe   
Voss, Joe
Walz, Andrew
Wang, Tim
Whisenhunt, Matt       
Whiting, Jack   
Wise, Waker       
Woodard, Tyler       

If you think you're registered but don't see your name here you need to contact me immediately.

Also, if you didn't get a welcome email confirming your order you need to contact me immediately.

Thanks.  :smt001

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General Talk / Cape Mendo GWS - 11/11/18
« on: November 11, 2018, 11:31:51 PM »
Here's what went down today: My daughter's home from college, and I wanted to get some fresh bottom fish for tacos as well as fresh carcasses for crabbing. I got up early and followed the forecasts and buoy reports, and it seemed potentially rough and windy this morning. I ended up taking my time and going over the hill to the Cape around 930AM, launching by around 1030. Saw five other yaks on the water, so I fished my way to them. It was a nice day with a decent bite. I hooked up with Rob Bray to say hi, and he was hanging with Josh Jerge. Ryan King, Jason Webster and Gabe Acosta were nearby. After just BS'ing for like 5 minutes I announced that I was heading for shore because I just wanted to get a couple lings and a few blacks and head out to get my girls crabbing on the bay. A minute later I'm retrieving my line and I'm hooked up - feels like a maybe-legal ling. I bring it toward the boat with almost no fight, and I see something down there that's tan and BIG! It takes off along the surface, and I announce to the guys around me that I have what looks like a really big halibut on. They see I'm fighting something right on the surface and like 40 feet from me, and I bring it to the yak - again, almost no fight, and then I see it's a GWS! It was basically just coming to me like it was on a leash!

Well, then it turns and just heads out. Not super fast or urgent, but it just turns and goes. I'm broken off pretty quickly, and I'm exclaiming to the guys that it was a Great White! Then Josh has it next to him, and that prompted me to get the camera turned on as fast as I could.



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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Klamath - 9/18/18
« on: September 21, 2018, 11:18:11 PM »
Several weeks ago I got a Facebook message from Christy at The Trader Magazine. She had seen some of my stories from Facebook, and she asked me if I might want to share them in The Trader. I was thrilled to do it, and Christy has been great to work with. It's just a casual thing, but it gets me out there and it's rooted in someone's genuine interest in what I have to share - I'm digging that!

So a couple weeks back Ralph calls and asks about the Klamath. We talked about a date, but when I told Ralph that the adult quota on the lower river had just been reached he opted to wait for next year. I texted the next day though to let Ralph know that retention of jack salmon under 22" was still open, and I tried to impress on him that it would be a great trip to take even if he couldn't keep a salmon. My message brought Ralph around to deciding to go through with a trip.

We met just after 6AM at the Steelhead Lodge in Klamath Glen where Ralph was staying. With the gear consolidated in my truck we set off upriver on a system of riverbar roads that are somewhat scary - you never know what you'll see out there, and you also never quite know which route is the right one to take! We managed to get up to our launch spot at the top of the Glen riffle where we got on the water and started paddling upstream. I know the area well, but I've never been on as good a bite as we had today. We ended up landing a cool dozen Chinook - 10 adults on hardware, and we heard from a powerboat that the jacks were up at Starwein and they were snapping. Two passes bouncing the bottom up there and we had a limit of jacks for Ralph to put away.

The beauty and wildness of the Klamath is pretty amazing, and getting to experience a bite like that with a guest was so outstanding. I fought kings all day from the yak in flipflops, boardshorts and a rashguard… Thank you, Mother Nature!

I'm looking to get more of that action. A 2 or 3 guest trip would be a hot ticket. If you've never been to the big K and want a tour of a place where you can paddle up into the wilderness to pursue the chrome dream, call me up and let's do it!

Oh yeah, Ralph found me through The Trader. Thank you, Christy! And thank you, Ralph, and thank you, NCKA!  :smt001

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I hope this comes with the approval of all in this club.  I was contacted several weeks ago by a young woman named Christy Johnson from the Trader magazine.  She enjoys my stuff on Facebook and has used a few pieces in the Trader, and this last one I sent her was the NCKA version - this is just a PR gig that I don't look to make any $ from.  The story didn't come through as clearly as FB stuff would, as I had references to NCKA community specific stuff, but all in all I think it was a good translation and provided just a little insight and a possible connection to NCKA that I think the public needs.

Community pride, for sure.  I feel it all the time.  :smt001

https://issuu.com/thetrader1/docs/thetrader081418/35?e=24258573/63830815

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It's been a busy August!

August 1st and 2nd DaveW and I had a couple of great days where we managed to catch 4 limits of salmon and landed fish on 4 different setups.  Fishing with the fleet out at the Whistle and finding our own hookups farther inside, we enjoyed a steady bite and great quality.  Eric and Verna were awesome hosts as usual at The Tides, and we got to sample the two new local eateries - the Gyppo Ale Mill and Mi Mochima Venezuelan fare.  They were both great!  Thanks, Dave, for coming back for a 3rd summer of trips where we've gotten some great fish.

August 3rd I had Coho Joe and JHFishermanX - it was their 3rd summer doing trips with me too.  Past trips have yielded multiple 10" abs, and we have caught salmon, but the big kings have eluded us.  Well, even after Dave and I rolled with limits on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday just wasn't happening for Joe, John and I.  We settled for a nice stringer of lings and rockfish, and we had a blast playing with the California halibut on barbless - must've hooked like 20 in an hour and a half.  Thanks, guys, for a great time and your friendship and support.

August 5th Jacks came to town, and it was his 4th time back with my guide service!  We all know that Terry is one of the best fishermen in this club, so it's always an honor to get to show him the current intell and fish together for a day.  Terry got his limit on a tough bite, and I kept a barely legal hatchery king after breaking off 2 big brutes - tough day, but really an indicator of how HOT things have gotten at the Cove!!  Thanks, Terry for the continued support and friendship.

August 10th CJ and Tommy/Snazzyshun came to town.  Cody had been on the GS12 pre-fish trip with me, so the theme of returning clients was still running!  I hooked a thresher that stuck early, so we got to see some jumps and the guys continued salmon trolling next to me while I got a 20 minute ride before it cut me off.  For the day we saw some fish caught by the fleet, and The Inn Keeper/Yakhopper pedaled out late and popped a king, but we couldn't get one to stick and ended a 9 hour session empty handed after releasing all rockfish and lings that day - that was a first for me with no fish to fillet for my guests at the end of the session.  Guys, I'm sorry the fish weren't on the chew for our trip - I hope you get into a salmon using what I showed you before the season ends.  Thanks for the support.

August 11th and 12th Paul/SLBuilder came back for a followup after a July trip with me where he'd fought and lost a nice salmon.  This time around Paul's bites stuck, and he landed a beauty for his first salmon at around 20 pounds.  We both got one each day, and again the quality was great.  Thanks for the support, Paul - too bad that thresher you hooked broke off on Thresher Days Weekend!

Thanks, everybody.  :smt001


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Every year since the 80's I've enjoyed Tahoe in late July with my in-laws.  Way back in the day they weren't even my in-laws, as my wife and I dated for 7 years before we married, but I've never missed the Callihan Tahoe trip since we were seniors in high school.  In the early days I think I'd bring a rod here and there and cast a lure, but I had no clue about how to catch a fish in Tahoe.  We always hit up our favorite beaches and hikes for our day trips, and evenings are filled with family dinners and some shopping.  Once or twice a year we used to hit a casino, but I got sick of the cig smoke, the zombies and the feeling of either wishing I would've bet more or losing money that could've bought my kids shoes... 

It was AOTY that led me to really trying to figure some shit out on Tahoe.  I ditched the casinos and started doing dawn patrol fishing missions.  For a few years I hit the Keys trying for a bass - got a few, and then early this century Tote helped me dial in on a mackinaw at DL Bliss.  Next I figured out how to get kokanee off of Taylor Creek - Jude helped me optimize my launch options.  Somewhere in there I managed to catch and release a nice Lahontan Cut up at a smaller lake toward Echo Peak.  All of this was by kayak, of course.

Then, 4 years back, I started guiding, so the Tahoe vacay turned in to more of a break from fishing.

Rewind!  What a shitty idea!!   :smt005

There would be no break from fishing this year!  I took along a few basics so I could at least try for a koke.  I got out on the first morning, the 27th, and launched by about 545AM from Kiva.  In the past I've caught all my kokes on Wedding Rings, but that's all I've ever tried with I think.  :smt003  It would be a WR behind an old and funky and really cool piece of tackle called "Cousin Carl" by Half Fast - great name on this old one from my Gampa's tacklebox.  Right off the bat I hooked up as I made my way toward the one boat setting up a bit earlier than me - 70 pulls with a 4 ounce banana, Cousin Carl and the WR.  Got the little salmon (~11") to the boat and in the release net, but it wasn't doing well, so in the bag it went.  I de-barbed to hopefully prevent hurting another one, and right when I got down again I was on a little better fighter as I videoed and talked about being there pre-sunrise over the Tahoe rim - lost that fish due to watching the rod and finishing my little vid.  Thought I may be on a hot bite, but that was it, and I had to bail in about an hour to do the family beach scene.  So, slow-trolled bling down 50-80 feet seems to do it in late July, and hitting it before the sun gets on the water is a good idea.

Our next few days were filled with pure vacay stuff like swimming, sunning, beering and fooding.  The last day, Monday the 30th, we were to hike up to Angora Lakes - another one of our yearly stops.  For years I took a kayak up there on Wheeleez, but things like invasive plants and animals are a threat there now, so I can only take an SUP on wheels.  So I did that.  I don't know that I've fished Lower Angora since I caught a Lahontan there several years ago (that was a great time and fun report that I should look up and put the link here...)  This year's long story just a bit shorter:  I SUP'd out onto L. Angora at like 930 with sun on the water and got to fight a strong 18"+ Lahontan that just COULD be the same one I caught there years ago, and I was all alone on the lake that day too.  1/2 ounce Little Cleo in silver, slow retrieved over the center of the lake - last time it was a large silver Kastmaster on a hail mary, turn-and-paddle-away drop! 

AOTY has been a fun motivator that gets people not just involved but also more aware of the workings of the NCKA community.  It's that community and the shared values of, among other things, friendship, support and the celebration of our pursuits in the outdoors that gets the credit. 

Thank you, NCKA, for continuing to inspire me.   :smt001

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I've caught some nice fish from the basic Costco SUP - steelhead, salmon, striper, pikeminnow...etc. on the Eel, and I've tried for halibut a few times on the bay - did catch a couple of shorts last summer near the ramp at the Cove. Today I had errands to run in Eureka, so I took the SUP and got on it right at high slack a bit after noon. 20 minutes later I had a little fatty in the net - hooked, fought and landed standing up.

Kayak fishing - and SUP fishing for sure - is a lot about the challenge. We are looking for a sporting good time out there, and the fish are punctuation marks on our statement about ability and desire for adventure.

If you think you want to try kayak fishing I recommend getting on it - the California halibut fishery in the bay and the salmon bite along the Humboldt coast are good right now - we really never know how long that will last or if it will materialize again next season.

I want to take you - SUP optional!   :smt001

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Frying up 10 pounds of fresh halibut this afternoon at my in-laws' Rodeo party.  Yesterday I got on the bay before the sun came up and hooked up on a fatty 34 incher right off the bat.  I enjoyed smooth water and perfect weather for a little tour of the middle channel trolling frozen choves.  Finished out a limit with two quick ones just after 9AM.  Nice break from running swells and current on the salmon hunt, but I'll be back out there soon.

Fishing opportunities along the Humboldt coast have been outstanding this summer, and things are about to get hot on the river in the coming weeks as a larger than usual salmon run is expected to show up.  I'll be running free natural interpretive tours on the lower river as the fish stage for their spawning run - hit me up for more info.
 
Thresher Days are approaching as well...  :smt001

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Nathan and I set a date for the Cove, and about 6 days out the forecast looked good - the trip was on.  This past Tuesday, July 17th was our day.  We were to meet at the ramp at 6AM, but when I arrived at 545 Nathan was already there - an early start is always preferred, and an early arriver is always appreciated.  :smt003  We got on nice smooth water and went on to have a pretty amazing day with salmon action along with the usual rocks and lings.  Many hours later as we broke the fish down at the cleaning table, we saw that we'd had good fortune indeed - not much pink in there.

Nathan left the Cove quite a few pounds heavier than when he arrived.  :smt001

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Frequent Flyer Fishermen Find Fresh Fatties From Floating Funboards!!

David Bradfield is one of my long time repeat clients and a great friend - we met through NCKA!  David and I have done trips to the Klamath, the Eel, the Cape, the Lost Coast, Trinidad, Humboldt Bay and multiple trips to the Cove.  Recently David brought his mom to Nor Cal from her home state of Texas for a visit, and she let him know that she would love to eat some fresh salmon while she's here.  David knows how to catch a salmon (30 pounder with me in 2016), but it's no easy task even for the well-tooled who are in the know about the bite and how to maximize the odds of success.  I was honored to get the call from my friend asking for a trip date, and yesterday was our day.

The bite has been unique lately at my favorite fishing port - the usual swarms of rockfish and lingcod right out front of Point Delgada have been largely absent, and it appears to be because of the big kings prowling the bottom nearshore.  Not having as many fish biting is a great problem to have when it becomes apparent that most of the biters you do encounter are large Chinook!

David and I both started our days before 4AM, and we charged hard all day to score a fish apiece with some missed bites and one hot one lost at the boat early on.  This fishery is so special, and salmon are amazingly powerful and elusive.  The joy of getting an adult chromer in the net is something that's hard to explain to those who've never pursued these fish.  We were very fortunate indeed to have an outstanding angling experience, and the entire session from the drive to sharing breakfast at the ramp to tangling with squirly seas and losing the early hot fish to the pleasure of slicing and dicing our catch over cold brews at the table - all of it was amplified by the camaraderie and enthusiasm of our partnership. 

I guide because I love the sport, the animals, the landscape, the ocean and the challenges, but none of it means anything without the people.  Sharing another epic adventure with David - and also sharing it here with you - is really what it's all about.  Thank you for coming along - I appreciate the support, and I cherish the opportunities to share and celebrate the trips and the relationships too.

Let's Go On Your Adventure!   :smt001

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Today's guest had to cancel, so I hit the bay for a couple hours.  It's somewhat of a paradox, but I love the time of year when the family is sick of fresh salmon, halibut, lingcod and rockfish.   :smt003

Wednesday is open for a Cove run, and the forecast looks good - hit me up if you're ready.   :smt001

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Best ocean day in a few weeks hit the Cove yesterday, so a whole host of salmon junkies were there early looking for a bite.  I had an old friend with me as my guest for the day.  Rod hadn't ever kayaked offshore, and we were concerned about possible seasickness since he doesn't do well in that regard when on powerboats (I don't either).  The day was perfect - boat wakes were the biggest challenge!  Rod felt fine out there and we got into some good action with 2 early kings.  The odd thing was that even though we towed choves low over the rocks for over 5 hours straight we only had one rockfish bite!  When you bring in a 19 and 13 pound salmon by 830AM or so it doesn't really hurt to not bring much white meat home, but it was the slowest rockfish bite I've seen inshore at the Cove.

Rod got an indoctrination into the offshore kayak world and had a blast.  Fat sacks of fresh salmon made sure the day was closed out with big smiles.  :smt001

Not everybody got salmon yesterday, but the grade is really nice and should only improve in the coming weeks.

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Hookups and Fishing Reports (Viewable by Public) / Trinidad - 7/4/18
« on: July 06, 2018, 01:23:25 PM »
Fourth of July started early for me and my clients at Trinidad.  Kevin and his son Keenan have been on SOT kayaks before, but they'd never pursued rockfish or lingcod or been offshore along the Nor Cal coast.  Seasickness wasn't a factor, and my guys did great to navigate a couple miles from launch and land some of the mainstays of PNW nearshore fisheries.  Visiting from Ann Arbor, Michigan, the guys and their family didn't really have the means of retaining any fish for the day, so it would be all CPR.  This turned out to be pretty cool for me, since I'm usually ripping lots of gills and fattening up stringers during the trips.  This father-son team had a great time and caught plenty of fish in a short session, and it was nice to hit Trinidad for my first time since 2016.  We also had a chance at salmon with some keepers landed in close while we were out there, so all of our fishing was barbless.

It's back to Trinidad for me and a guest tomorrow, and back to Shelter Cove as often as possible through Halloween when salmon closes.  Get your Humboldt on!  :smt001

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